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The Twins lost again to the Red Sox today (and looked pathetic doing it), so instead of evaluating that pitiful performance, I’m going to take my anger out on a different source:
Yep…”Cowboy” Joe West, major league umpire. I know that major league players and managers get fined for criticizing umpires, so writing this makes me look over my shoulder a bit, but consider:
On Friday night, Joe West interjects himself into the Terry Francona row:
On Saturday afternoon, he calls a runner out at second base (trying to steal) when the batter at home plate had drawn ball four.
Earlier today, a Jason Kubel fair ball down the right field line at Fenway Park clips him, turning an easy extra-base hit into a single.
Now, from what I have always understood, umpires are supposed to be “seen but not heard”. In fact, they really shouldn’t be seen whatsoever, either. Of course, I realize that their job is much more difficult than anybody gives them credit it for (look what happened to Jim Joyce last season), but this Joe West just seems to rub me the wrong way. Same with our manager, as Gardy won’t even look at him anymore.
My two hopes for tomorrow: 1. A Twins win, so they can avoid another series loss; and 2. A game with the only mention of Mr. West being his pregame introduction.
Preview (12-20, 4th, 3.5 GB DET): Nick Blackburn (2-4, 4.41) vs. Josh Beckett (2-1, 2.35)
Yesterday afternoon, the Twins and Red Sox hooked up for a pretty intense duel, with the Sox coming out on top 3-1. Things really got interesting in the seventh inning, for both clubs:
Top: With the Sox batting, a close play at the plate from Kubel (a great throw) to Redmond was called “safe” for the Sox when replays seemed to show that he was actually out. Redmond popped up and did his best “Yogi Berra after Jackie Robinson steals home” impersonation. He was immediately run from the game (which hurt the Twins by losing the DH and thus not pinch hitting for Matt Tolbert in the game’s key moment an inning later) and closely followed by manager Ron Gardenhire.
Bottom: Up until the seventh inning, Josh Beckett had been absolutely mowing down the Twins’ batters (besides the one Joe Crede bomb). Yet, throughout the game I noticed that he was incredibly angry and often (even after a 1-2-3 inning) would stomp off the mound uttering terrible profanities. I never really got the feeling that he was being squeezed at the plate, but obviously he thought differently. Thus, in the seventh, a very close pitch was called a ball and Beckett immediately told the umpire that he could “go have carnal relations with himself” (to put it nicely). Boy, was Beckett ever hot, almost throwing a temper tantrum right on the mound! Within minutes, both Jason Varitek and Terry Francona were joining Gardy and Red Dog in the bowels of the Dome. Why Beckett didn’t get the old heave-ho as well is completely beyond me. Personally, I lost some respect for him for that little tirade. I have rarely seen a pitcher get so angry out on the mound (especially when dominating the opposing team) and it makes Beckett seem like just a hot-headed jerk who happens to have some nasty stuff.
All in all, though, a sweep with the Sox isn’t the end of the world by any means. The real test now will be going into Tampa Bay and trying to play just as tough. Much like last year, the Twins won’t become a legit contender unless they can even just play below-average (not God-awful) ball on the road.
-Joe Crede is coming around. His defense alone is darn near enough to keep him in the lineup every game, especially considering the struggles of Brian Buscher, while his bat is showing good pop.
-Glen Perkins may not have a job when he gets healthy. Anthony Swarzak has been VERY impressive in both his starts in the majors so far.
Preview (24-25, 2nd, 3.5 GB DET): Scott Baker (2-5, 6.32) vs. James Shields (3-4, 3.63).